Captain Robert Hitchman Smith

Captain Robert Hitchman Smith

Newport News Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Wednesday, June 11, 1919

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Robert Hitchman Smith

Captain Smith was killed in an automobile accident when the police wagon he was riding in skidded onto a curb and overturned at Twenty-Eighth Street and Washington Avenue.

He and other officers were returning to the police station with a prisoner after leaving a disturbance at Arcade Apartments on Huntington Avenue. The two officers and prisoner riding with Captain Smith escaped serious injuries in the accident.

Captain Smith had served with the Newport News Police Department for less than seven and a half years and was survived by his wife, and son.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 7 years, 4 months
  • Badge 13

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

automobile accident, prisoner custody

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Rest in peace Captain Smith.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 25, 2021

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